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In My Own Time (2lp, 180grm 45rpm W/7"s) 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Light In The Attic
Karen Dalton's second album didn't get the attention that it deserved when it was released in 1971 but over time it has come to be considered as a classic. You'd think her connections to others in the scene like Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin & Fred Neil would have cleared a path for Dalton's success but a variety of obstacles including music biz politics & Dalton's drug/alcohol abuse stalled any momentum she might have had. The album was reissued in 2010 & artists like Nick Cave & Joanna Newsom cited Dalton as an influence & that & other excellent reissues helped her legend grow. In 2021 a documentary was released & now this beautiful deluxe 50th anniversary edition is here with remastered audio, two bonus 7"s, extra tracks, booklet & beautiful foil-stamped art. RECOMMENDED.
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New LP $72.99
Orchestre Massako (180g)
Analog Africa
Killer 12" from Analog Africa that focuses on the Gabonese musician and singer MACK-JOSS and his group ORCHESTRE MASSAKO - Started after the Gabonese army recruited MACK-JOSS to be the bandleader for their own national band. Throughout the 1970s, funds from Gabon were used to purchase recording equipment so the group could record singles, which were then pressed over in France and sent back to Gabon. This collects four of those singles (some of which feature the singer AMARA TOURE), a set of elliptical, swirling rhythms and minor key folk melodies that share some kinship to the music of Ghana. Fantastic stuff as always, and it comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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New LP $32.99
Cheat Codes (red Vinyl)
Following in the storied lineage of great MC/Producer team-ups like 'Madvillainy' & 'Twelve Reasons To Die,' 'Cheat Codes' is a fantastic joint effort from DANGER MOUSE & THE ROOTS' BLACK THOUGHT. After a few years in the proverbial Late Night TV slash MOR wilderness, both artists up their already elevated game even higher here. The guest list is stacked - RAEKWON, A$AP ROCKY, RUN THE JEWELS, Chicago's KID SISTER and more, plus an incredible MF DOOM verse from beyond the grave - but the coolest moments involve just hearing Thought go HARD in the pocket of some of Danger Mouse's best material since 'Demon Days.' This is a tightly focused, wildly entertaining collab between two master craftsmen. HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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New LP $28.99
Heavy Rocks (white Vinyl, Ltd 1000)
The 3rd entry in BORIS' 'Heavy Rocks' series puts a big leopard-print bow on their nearly three decades long (!!!) discography. Front-loaded with heavy thrash and proto-metal jams, it quickly bobs & weaves song-to-song and sometimes even verse-to-verse from many of the genres theses iconoclasts have taken a swing at across nearly 50 albums: doom, shoegaze, garage, industrial...with a big tip of the hat to their past collaborators MERZBOW & SUNN O))) in the abstract noise passages that ominously rear their heads throughout. Another essential release from one of our favorite bands. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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New LP $25.99
Arkhon (indie Ed. Eco-mix Vinyl)
Sacred Bones
Nika Roza Danilova aka ZOLA JESUS has been pretty public about her disappointment in the music industry over the past few years. So many artists were already struggling because of unfair streaming payouts & then the pandemic hit, cutting out any possibility of earning a living from performing. Danilova routinely vents about these issues online but always comes back around to music being a sort of savior for her. "Arkhon" is Danilova letting go & letting her art flow freely & the result is a surprisingly positive & even somewhat accessible album. Sure there are goth elements but there are also ballads & bombastic choruses. An impressive album.
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $19.99
Emotional Creature (exclusive Edition) (orange & Yellow Marbled Vinyl)
Mom & Pop
This sophomore record from BEACH BUNNY maintains the Chicago quartet's signature bubblegum power-pop sound, finding a way to keep laying down ear candy hooks and choruses in 2-3 minute increments. However, "Emotional Creature" shines brightest with Lili Trifilio's smart, intuitively resonant songwriting, showcasing a breadth of emotion from mature confidence to vulnerability. If anything, this may prove once and for all that BEACH BUNNY is not just a TikTok-boosted flash-in-the-pan but an artistic force with staying power. Certainly RECOMMENDED for fans of CHARLY BLISS, BEABADOOBEE, even PARAMORE.
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New LP $27.99
Heart Tax
After a few years off, Jenny Lee Lindberg has made a serious comeback with a new WARPAINT album & her 2nd solo album released almost simultaneously. We were really big fans of her first solo album & this one is also fantastic. The album opens with the amazing track Stop Speaking that features guest vocals from Dave Gahan of DEPECHE MODE (what??!!) that sounds like a half-speed TELEVISION track. Minimal almost dubby songs that dip into goth territory at times. REALLY GREAT STUFF!!
Available at: Belmont and Milwaukee Ave
New LP $22.99
Hellfire (ltd. Clear Red Vinyl)
Rough Trade
This third record from London's BLACK MIDI comes hot off the heels of 2021's "Cavalcade", seeing the trio build off of the varied, proggy compositions and mid- 20th century crooner balladry of that previous record while embracing the intensity of their 2019 debut. "Hellfire" is overflowing with ideas and bursting with energy, evoking both 70s proggy art rock a la KING CRIMSON and the kitchen sink enthusiasm of a MIKE PATTON project. On Rough Trade and RECOMMENDED!
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New LP $21.99
Light For Attracting Attention (2lp) (ltd. Yellow Vinyl)
Ever since their live debut in May 2021, there's been a burbling anticipation for the first full-length from THE SMILE. The trio of Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and SONS OF KEMET's Tom Skinner have dipped into abstract and esoteric territory both in rhythm and composition, but ultimately these live performances and singles revealed a RADIOHEAD side project that is perhaps the most RADIOHEAD-esque yet. This almost feels like the spiritual successor to "A Moon Shaped Pool", seeing Yorke and Greenwood reference the sounds of coiled rage and gentle, despondent beauty from their past catalog while embracing their more contemporary grace and serenity. A stunner, this is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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New LP $37.99
Big Time (2lp, Ltd. Pink Vinyl)
Angel Olsen continues to reinvent herself on her 2022 album "Big Time." There's always been a country twang lurking in the background of Angel's music but she seems to have fully embraced it this time around. Her vocal approach is slightly different, maybe a little softer with some nice Linda Ronstadt esque harmonies & reminders of another great former Chicago based singer Neko Case. The music has a nice airy quality with pedal steel & synthesized strings providing a nice bed for the Laurel Canyon style countrified tunes. Reckless alum Emily Elhaj holds down that bass duties with confidence as always. RECOMMENDED.
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New LP $26.99